The Physics B.A. consists of nine physics courses and five mathematics courses. The Physics B.S. requires an additional 12 credits of physics electives. The Physics B.A. and the Physics B.S. requirements include the completion of a minimum of 54 and 66 credits, respectively, in courses that satisfy major requirements. All program requirements can be met within the 124 credit numerical requirement, with room for several free electives, as noted here.
The fundamental nature and quantitative aspects of physics make it a natural framework for the construction of a wide range of interdisciplinary “interdepartmental contract majors.” Students interested in this option should discuss the possibilities with a member of the physics department.
The Physics B.A. or B.S. with a double major in Education provides Merrimack students the opportunity to graduate with initial licensure to teach physics in grades 8-12. Students interested in a teaching career should connect with an advisor from the School of Education as soon as possible.
Embedded Controller Concentration
Embedded controllers are the relatively small, inexpensive, low power microprocessors found in a vast array of devices ranging from mobile phones to washing machines to automobiles. Students who complete this concentration will have learned how to design, build, and test simple embedded controller systems. The necessary programming and circuitry principles and techniques learned along the way are valuable in their own right.
EEN2270 requires knowledge of both analog and digital circuits. The analog circuit requirement is met by PHY2212. The digital circuit requirement is satisfied by either EEN1200 (normally required as a pre-requisite but which can be taken as co-requisite with instructor approval) or by permission of the instructor pending completion of the assigned background reading on digital circuits.